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DAN MELCHIOR RODMAN
2615 Chapel Hill Rd,
Durham, Nc 27707 USA



Canadian customers - please contact me at brokerevue@hotmail.com for a total, or pay for reg international shipping, and I'll refund you right away.

 

To check out (and buy) artwork by Dan - go to Sillybugger



Dan's wife letha is struggling with cancer. If you would like to donate to her fund - go to The Melchior Fund



To read Letha's story - go Letha's Happy Hospital Funtime Blog


 
LaurieTape
A Reverse Laurie Metcalf | Bummer Tapes
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Handbook For Mortals
HANDBOOK FOR MORTALS | LETHA RODMAN MELCHIOR | ON SILTBREEZE RECORDS
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COOSTape
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Flip Top Poems
Flip Top Poems by Dan Melchior | X-Ray Co Books
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The Skip Readers Footprints by Dan Melchior | Limited Edition poetry book, 2 1/2 X 4 inches | We have 25 of the 50 numbered copies


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C.C.D.E. Music Dan Melchior

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Dan Melchior und Das Menace  | The Backward Path
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Dan Melchior und Das Menace  | Catbirds and Cardinals
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Dan Melchior und das Menacce | Catbirds And Cardinals | Northern Spy LP

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Dan Melchior Und Das Menace - Christmas For The Crows LP

Dan Melchior's career, post-Broke Revue, shifted to North Carolina and the fringes of the current garage/punk scene. He'd left a band, a life, and a struggle to be noticed amidst NYC's now-forgotten Class of 01 behind, as well as an unreleased double album that could have singularly launched him far beyond the middle rungs of the In the Red roster and one-time compatriot of Billy Childish and Holly Golightly. Sadly, thats not how it turned out; regardless, Christmas for the Crows serves not only as a comeback, but his finest album to date.

From the looks of things, it's just Melchior alone in the studio, every bit the songwriter he's always been, and approaching a level of world-worn sorrow and blind determination once mounted by Vic Godard, where gentle arrangements of Medway parlor-blues-folk rise up and float into the attic. I'm somewhat haunted by the fifteen songs here, as they don't leave my memory for days after playing this one through (and I have played it through far too many times, given the volume of submissions staring back at me every time I turn to the record player). It's the sound of folly and regret, and the realization that what you have around you is all you can use to get you through to the next day – love and regret, hand in hand.

This'll be standing proud beyond the end of the year, one of those records you hold onto forever. Ironically enough, only 1000 of you can make that claim. Hurry. (Doug Mosurock – Dusted)

Dan Melchior Und Das Menace - Christmas For the Crows (Daggerman LP)
Danny Boy's an other-day-find for me. I try not to hate on shit outright, like the ladies tell me, but it's hard. I live in New England. If you don't have a slice of misery on your plate, people start asking, "D'ja eat?" So before I stuck Mr. Melchior in my ear, I had to do all kindsa exorcisms (like smudging the cable modem) or it woulda been oogly. Too many folks I never met telling me what's what cuz they got a label or a new pair of socks...well, it wears me out. I worry some days I might be whispering in people's ears myself with this thing, but that's doubtful. Anyone who can wade through the snake-oil I hock about island solitude and midnight brandy stumbling to get to the actual musicspeak is committed in a way I have a hard time understanding. Maybe they just need to be committed. Like, to a place.

Anyhow, post-hopping-the-hate-hurdle, I've come to like everything this Daniel bloke's laid out. This new LP on Daggerman (also home to the Hubble Bubble reishes!) is all kindsa swank. On this one, Melchior seems to be narrating a neighborhood like it's a bunch of contingent stories. They've all got their moods and movements, like folk got faces and rumps. I love the holler down an alley feel to the uptempo numbers. (Crank the loud and you'll wanna crank the ABV, too.) And, per usual, you can expect some mint lines and creepy-creaky production. In the proper musicspeak segment you'd normally read about the cheeky Brit loner-psych dudes Melchior might dig, but I ain't got it in me for another list of people you either know or don't. It doesn't matter anyway. Find them and find this--no matter which comes first, you're in for a few good MEN. (Wren Nigel Reath – Fuck You, Counselor)

Daggerman's new LP by Dan Melchior und Das Menace, on the other hand, has hooks and charm and depth and all kinds of things. He's a British guy who has lived in the USA for awhile, and this album might be something like the 2000s version of Dr. Feelgood, the exact point where pub meets punk, with good songwriting, a lot of minor keys and wanton, winsome bar-room emotions, confidence and swagger but also shade and nuance. A very good LP that gets better as it goes. (Larry Dolman – Blogstitude)

 
Dan Melchior und Das Menace | Night-People Tape
Dan Melchior | SDZ Records | Red Nylon Valance/ Dogbite Meltdown #1 | 7 Inch
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Dan Melchior und Das Menace | Night-People Tape
Dan Melchior Und Das Menace | Bug House Records | Your Lousy Floor/ When The Bottle Runs Dry | NEW! 7 Inch
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Dan Melchior  | Assemblage Blues
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Obscured by Fuzz
Dan Melchior Und Das Menace : Obscured By Fuzz 2nd album release from Dan Melchior this year. The man is a true songwriter and this is just as good as previous releases. If you're already a fan you need this. If you haven't discovered Dan Melchior yet this is as good a place to start as any. Terrific stuff. On Topplers Records.
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Hello I'm Dan Melchior

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New York-based Brit Dan Melchior has been rocking steady for years without the increasingly standard bullshit of contrived image. He’s been part of bands led by such straight-up underground garage rock heroes as Holly Golightly and Billy Childish, and has been pumping out the same with his own band, Dan Melchior’s Broke Review, since their 1999 debut, tellingly titled This Love Is Real. Melchior’s styles of songwriting run all over the map, but there is a down-to-earth honesty and straightforward poetic nature that secedes throughout his varying styles. Hello, I’m Dan Melchior, his first home-recorded solo album (with vitally helping hands from his wife, Letha Rodman), finds Melchior breaking away from his established garage rock sound and exploring all kinds of insanely catchy lo-fi pure-pop ground, effortlessly recalling such timeless luminaries as the Kinks, Johnny Cash, the Stranglers, and countless others. But snappy tunes aren’t all that’s here: Melchior’s rambling, insightfully provocative rants are sung-spoken in his native British accent with a brazen honesty and poetic knack that makes them just as memorable as his melodies. Hello, I’m Dan Melchior will surely provide you with great mix-tape material for generations to come and is an easy choice as the best dirty pop-rock album since Spoon’s Kill the Moonlight.

EXCLAIM!, By Kevin Hainey

 
 
Fire Breathing Clones On Cellular Phones

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Swingset mag

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'The DAZE'

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Dan Melchior|Heron
Dan Melchior | The Heron | Limited Appeal
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Excerpts & Halfspeeds

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Dan Melchior und Das Menace  | The Backward Path
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Dan Melchior|Choco Nut
Dan Melchior | A Squirrel Could Never Be A Disappointment To Me | Chocolate Monk
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Dan Melchior|K-85 PinkV
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Dan Melchior und Das Menace | Night-People Tape
Dan Melchior Und Das Menace | Night-People Tape |NEW! 10 New Songs.
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Dan Melchior  | King of Sheep
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oclouds unfold On Hook Or Crook!

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Visionary Pangs
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A Celibration Of Middlesex
A Celebration Of Middlesex | Dan Melchior Und Das Menace /Pheromoans | save07 | On Savory Days Records.
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daylight robbery Volar 7inch

!PURPLE VINYL!- Volar 7 inch - Split - Dan Melchior und Das Menace - Daylight Robbery / A Delicate genius backstage The Fresh and Onlys - Black Coffin/ A Taste of Hunger

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The Spits -Come With Me - Dan Melchior - HorrorShow 7 inch on Scion/Vice - SOLD OUT SORRY

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Dan Melchior und Das Menace 'Thankyou Very Much'
New double LP on SS Records is one of Volcanic Tounge’s favourite garage-inflected singer-songwriters, Dan Melchior und das Menace. This album runs to 16 tracks that combine classic UK
prole punk aesthetics – think ATV, Thee Headcoats, Swell Maps, Milkshakes – with the Gnostic, drug-damaged style of Syd Barrett and Roy Harper.
Melchior is a great, touching, sarcastic, intelligent lyricist and it’s hard not to recognize yourself in some of his scenarios.
But he never over-eggs its, never descends to mere sentiment or
sloppy balladeerisms and the whole deal is cut with hot-wired teenage no count
aesthetics that are as formally stupe as you’ve come to expect, rescuing
‘expressive’ one-man-against-the-wall-isms from sappy songwriters and reconnecting
revelatory personal exegesis with outlaw rock brut. Which is another
way of saying this is a great fucking record that speaks as much as it hunches.

 
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Dan Melchior Und Das Menace "Dim Are The Lights b/w I Don't Want To Be Nice" 7"
Two more great ones from one of the best and most prolific songwriters around.
A-side is a great dark stomper and B-side is a cover of John Cooper Clarke's classic keeping up
his streak of quality and quantity. Fans will not be dissapointed with this one.

 
Dullknife 7 Inch

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Dan Melchior Dull Knife 'Terrible Shame' 7 Inch
Part 2 in the the first pair of singles in the dull knife
songwriter series featuring Durham, NC via London, England
songwriting savant Dan Melchior.

 
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Dan Melchior und das Menace
The Post Office Line b/w Tourists - 7"
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More Melchior! Out of the gates just behind Dan's Columbus Discount Debut (CDD), Mr. Oblivian, is his CDR-SCY1! offering, The Post Office Line b/w Tourists. Two hits of psychotic synth warble and pseudo-industrial psych-thrash(?...!), this is probably Mr. Melchior's strangest piece of wax to date and that suits us just fine.

Columbus Discount Singles Club

 
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Dan Melchior und das Menace
Mr. Oblivian b/w Piledriver Nitemare #2
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During the tough period of deliberation regarding which two of the four fantastic songs submitted for Melchior's CDRSCY1! single to release, we fired back at the man a proposition to release them all as two seperate singles! Another classic single to add to that towering stack of genius that is the Melchior section of your record collection.

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She's so Blank  

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Killer 45 from the prolific Mr Melchior... coming to Gonerfest V in September and we can't wait! Dark-inflected psych punk ??? Hard to pin down but definitely addictive. She's So Blank
Certainly 14th Street Even my girlfriend likes it!

---Goner Records----

 

I've just barely broken the surface of this Dan Melchior's prolific career...lots and lots of albums, and it sounds like from a brief sampling of myspace that it's also bridging a lot of different sounds...more recently on the low-fi homerecorded front. Lots of others will be able to sum up his career better, siltblog, terminal boredom, ZGun. I'm not going to shed any light here, it's just one of those nice surprises when you think you've explored something to some kind of conclusion to find another branch on the outsiderish rock tree....
He's like a bluesy TV Ghost or Blank Dogs...that original sounding weird. I loved the 'No horizon No prescription' track...it has that late night muddy beat, tortured guitar lowly bounced track underwater feel, but with all the experience to back it up. A decidedly English Ariel Pink.

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This is not the Medway Sound - Reissue- Smart Guy Records

"This is not the Medway sound / I do not represent": the purpose is clear, Dan Melchior takes his distance. Recorded in NYC, year 2002, with his wife Letha Rodman and Broke Revue's Bruno Meyrick-Jones, I'm afraid to say it is my favourite record by the man.
Liner notes: "Fresh from a tour of the nether regions of this great land (America) Dan Melchior and his nearest and dearest brings you this assortment of 'Bedsitter Boogie' - subdued enough to avoid complaints from resentful neighbors, but nasty enough to satisfy your taste for the picaresque.
Recorded with the most up to date technology his living quarters have to offer, it reeks of authenticity. All Dan asks is that you sit back, equip yourself with the beverage of your choice and enjoy it. (This is only a recommandation - it may of course be enjoyed sans refreshment in a standing position.)"

------cosmozebra blog------

http://cosmozebra.blogspot.com/.

 

 
 
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Here’s a great collection from our favourite garage blues troubadour. Dan Melchior is originally from London but moved to New York City in 2000. Most people will know him from his work with Billy Childish and Holly Golightly, but where he really shines is on a couple of albums he recorded with his band The Broke Revue and on some solo stuff he did for various obscure labels. Although the roots of his music go back to American folk music from the Great Depression Era and lowdown prewar blues, his music easily stands on its own. This collection is subtitled ‘Archival Recordings 1992-2002’ and features 17 previously unreleased recordings, most of ‘em recorded in England. What we get to hear are some great renditions of old blues songs like Skip James’ “Special Rider”, Blind Willie McTell’s “Broke Down Engine” (godlike!) and Bukka White’s “Aberdeen Mississippi Blues”. The way he adds that great raw garage blues touch to these classics is a pure delight and proofs that Melchior is not a silly copycat. Next to these cover versions are traditionals arranged by the man himself. Genuine interpretations of gems like Sam Cooke’s “Wade in the Water” and The Tenneva Ramblers’ “The Longest Train I Ever Saw” show that Dan Melchior is a true artist with his heart in the right place. Add to this a couple of great originals and you get an idea of the greatness exposed on ‘The Covert Stomp’.The CD version has 2 extra songs, both formats issued by the Italian 'Hate Records'.

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Dan Melchior und Das Menace are back again with a new one sided 12”called the Pink Scream e.p on the Shake Appeal label. This record was performed entirely by Melchior and his proficiency throughout is impressive enough in its own right. But there’s something about his vocal inflection that makes his takes on vintage tracks authentic in a way few contempo singers can pull off. On this one he takes on Ike Turner’s “I’m Blue” with great success. His guitar solo is perfectly accentuating and not the least bit intrusive. As for the originals, Dan’s entering into more surreal territory, his wordplay reminding me more of when Robyn Hitchcock was in his prime. Worthy of Office Space is Dan’s fantastic assault of work situations “The Pink Scream of the Middle Manager” might have one of the strangest transitions I’ve heard in a minute. The verse and chorus sounds like Nuggets and all of the sudden it breaks into a new wave/post-punk disco beat with a harmonica and reverbed guitar. What the fuck? It’s great though and just shows how much Melchior has to offer rather than the endless retro acts coming around. Did I mention that the B-side has a fantastic etching? Quite a nice job for an e.p. and well worth yr time and money.

 
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Plastic Idol Records - PIR 028

MADAME NHU / SO REAL

The A-side of this great, great single wafts into your room like smoke from a Weimar Republic cabaret. Dan Melchior is, as always, doing his own thing here, but if I had to compare "Madame Nhu" to something else, I'd say it sounds like a song from Weill and Brecht's The Threepenny Opera—one of the jauntier melodies, like the upbeat menace of "The Canon Song"—crossed with David Bowie. On the B-side is a weary and beautiful melody with lyrics about technique in art and media that convince audiences of a work's authenticity. The characters in "So Real", each sketched out in just a few stinging lines, are a Southern-accented singer whose song of rural poverty wows the city folk with its carefully constructed genuineness, an actor who wins applause through his English-accented scenery-chewing, and a journalist hoping to coax tears out of an interview subject.

If you're anything like me, you'll find yourself playing both sides repeatedly.

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A-Side: Elev To Mezz
B-Side: Gravy Train & Ice Cream Truck / Hippy!

The new Dan Melchior Und Das Menace single is out, and it's the shotgun blast to the belly we expected: a two man effort that combines keys with Melchior's murk to great effect. Hear what happens when someone calls Dan a hippy. It's groovy!
- Byron Coley, The Wire

 
gud bye ta sluggo

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This release has a couple of covers of '50s songs (Gene Vincent and R&B singer Little Willie John) and some other songs that have that rootsy rock flavor, like '50s rock crossed with '60s garage rock. The press release made it clear that Dan Melchior's Broke Revue isn't trying to be a revival band, but instead a rock'n'roll band that stands apart from the "hipper than thou post-punk aesthetics of NYC in 2004" I like this one; there are some skillful, but not overly indulgent, guitar solos and back-to-basics rock'n'roll songwriting that isn't hip anyway. It has a direct lineage to the best rock'n'roll from the past (JJG) PUNK PLANET

 
bitterness spite rage and scorn

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According to legend, King Melchior brought the gold. His namesake brings the noise.

On his second In the Red release, the New York based Londoner continues to treat American roots music with generous jolts of garage punk electroshock therapy. Over the last few years, of course, such things have become fashionable, but Melchior's version of garage rock is one that stands apart from the crowd. Rather than having a shiny four-car-walk-in-garage-with-automatic-doors feel, Bitterness,Spite,Rage, & Scorn suggests that Melchior's garage is a prefabricated postwar single-car model, piled high with junk and with its door barely intact. And that's the reason this record is so good.

It's difficult to talk about authenticity in popular music, given the contnual process of cutting and pasting, hybridizing, and recycling that spawns the so-called new. The more successful recent pastiche reinventions of 60's garage rock are a case in point. In its 21st century incarnation, this genre is paradigmatic postmodern pop: inspired by rocks rawest, primal, most authentic moments, yet divorced from its original context, performed ironically, and highly commodified. But although it's naive to seek authenticity in rock and although Melchior's music is as much a product of it's influences as anyone else's, Bitterness, Spite, Rage, & Scorn shows that he has a more passionate connection with his influences than many of his higher profile peers. His music also displays a genuine humor, rather than getting lost in a hall of mirrors of fashionable irony.

Various ghosts of punk past make their presence felt here as Melchior and his Broke Revue cohorts gleefully put rock'n'roll through the lo-fi wringer, often with knock-down drag-out results. With its hand claps and driving guitars, "You're my Wife" nods to the Stooges, or perhaps the Sex Pistols doing the Stooges, since Melchior sounds more like Johnny Rotten than Iggy. There's also something of Rotten's adenoidal snarl in Melchior's delivery on the short sharp "Hungry Ghost" which could almost be a highly abridged punk-rock translation of "Bob Dylan's 115th Dream".

The real winners here are those stripped-down, dirtied-up numbers with a stronger blues feel. A crucial ingredient in that regard is Melchior's slide guitar, particurlarly on the instant classic "Me and J.G Ballard" The track starts out with a rigid, angular riff evoking Pink Flag-era Wire, but piano and slide guitar soon flesh out this manic tale of everyday life next door to the author in question. It's not so much about discussing Crash or The Attrocity Exhibition over the garden fence as it is about competing with the writer for the last bag of frozen peas at the local supermarket.

As well as its chugging beat and blasts of bluesy harmonica, "Ladies Underwear and Airline Socks" has the brilliantly shambolic, repetitious quality of Fall classics like "Eat Y'Self Fitter"; indeed, Melchior's rambling rant here finds him sounding something like a southern (England, not U.S) Mark.E.Smith. Elsewhere, fuzzed out riffs and piano make "Gatecrasher" the most pop-friendly interlude, albeit in a bouncy pub-rock way.

So if you're tired of the current crop of garage-rock poseurs. don't get mad, get Bitterness, Spite, Rage & Scorn. Dan Melchior's Broke Revue really could be your new favorite band.

By Wilson Neate / Dusted magazine.

 
span of attention

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English gentlemen Mr. Dan Melchior is back with 2 tunes of country blues pureness with unique taste, research and richness along with old sounds full of memories and greatness. http://www.ptrashrecords.com/lo-fi-d.html
 
andover duluth london

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The latest from these NYC-based buzzsaw R&B spine-crackers is a collection of covers from three of their favourite locales. From Andover, Hampshire, England comes the TROGGS' "I just sing;" from Duluth, Minnesota, the band takes on Bob Dylan's "From A Buick 6;" and from London, England, they slay the Subway Sect's "Chain Smoking" and the Small Faces' "Whatcha Gonna Do About It." Four tracks in all, pressed in a limited edition of 1,000 copies. MIDHAVEN.COM

 
garage obituary

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GARAGE OBITUARY
Remote Control/ Like A Fox 7 inch
This staggers at the start, like a drunk climbing out of a shop doorway, but soon finds an easy, ambling rhythm. Dan Melchior's Broke Revue are a Dickensian garage band, if the Estuary English vocals are anything to go by, that combines a stripped down Headcoats-style garage-blues sound with Shangri-Las harmonies. Though it was recorded in Brooklyn, it could have easily been laid down in Toe Rag Studios in East London. "A breathtaking feast of good fun" says the insert and it's not wrong. The B-side 'Like A Fox' is a hypnotic, repetitive rhythm, most notable for its conflicting pronunciation of "garage obituary" in English and American. An intriguing taster for the album to come this year and pressed on blancmange-coloured vinyl to boot. SoundsXP.com By Ged M

 
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BAD FOR MY SOUL/ ART MACHINE

Dan Melchior is probably best know for a blues record he put out a few years back with English garage terrorist Billy Childish. On that release, Melchior favoured a straight-ahead twelve-bar blues sound. This time out he has turned up the amp, fleshed out- the band, and headed for the garage in search of a place to make some noise. Melchior still leads with a stiff blues straight arm and high pitched, nasal vocal delivery (albeit with decent blues inflection instincts.) His off-the-cuff guitar solos and fills are sharp and tinny, like good improv guitar should be. His Creedence Clearwater-by-way-of-Lightnin’ Hopkins cut “Art Machine” is the pick of the litter.

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heavy dirt

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Since Dan Melchior relocated from England to New York City in 2000 (along with his guitar-wielding partner, Bruno Meyrick-Jones), his Broke Revue has employed the city's clubs as rock & roll laboratories. Using his mod blues-punk background (he's played with both Billy Childish and Holly Golightly) as a base, Melchior's gigs have been daring forays into dark corners of rock's history, exploiting the form's openness to new combinations of old styles. On more than one occasion, the Broke Revue, which is fleshed out with locals Brad Truax on bass and Greg Anderson on drums, arrived at an intense, punk-bayou construct that John Fogerty could never have dreamed up.

So it's a slight surprise, though no disappointment, that Heavy Dirt, the Broke Revue's debut for the lauded garage label In the Red, remains relatively earthbound in the band's trademark sound: Melchior's and Meyrick Jones's dueling guitar leads, the rhythm section's spacious throb, and Melchior's wailing, soul-rattling croon. The band's unified sound is a collision of forces. The bass and guitars sometimes come across like ghostly brass instruments, encased in reverb; the guitars mimic and extend out from old country-blues progressions; Anderson's limber swing conducts a parade of crashing cymbals through the mix like a swarm of arrows. At various points on the album, you could close your eyes and think you're in 1932, 1965, or 2001; it's like the boundaries of time have been lifted, and we've been given a rock music that remembers everything that led up to it and can brandish it with punk's amped energy.

Melchior's songs, as you'd expect from an artist who moves so confidently, swagger almost blithely. The proud "I Say What I Like (And I Like What I Say)" hardly needs explaining, and "Fashion" dresses down the masses unknowingly enthralled by pop culture's emptiness. But Melchior eschews preachiness for a newsman's deadpan as he sings, "You just have to kid yourself that you can choose." As fashions flit by, Melchior and his Broke Revue stand modestly as the city's most uncompromising, idiosyncratic rock & roll band - Mike Wolf TIME OUT

 
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"Instant Love"/"That's No Way to Got Along" 7"

Two more slices of the real urban folk-blues, from a guy we'll be hearing a lot more of in 2001. Like all of his other records (including several each with Billy Childish and Holly Golightly), Melchior mixes sharply chosen covers (the flip written by ancient bluesman Robert Wilkins) with originals that only sound like they're 100 year old songs. His "Instant Love" has an insanely catchy melody for such a forsaken- sounding tune, and there just ain't no one on earth with a voice like his. With a single and LP due on In The Red later this year, Melchior and his band the Broke Revue, now based in NYC, seem poised to step out of the long shadows cast by Childish & Co. and establish a scene of their very own. GARAGE AND BEAT #2

 
This love is real

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I only knew Melchior as guitar slinging part of the Headcoat/ee entourage, but on this record he gets to strut his stuff with pals Bruce Brand, Holly Gollightly and more. This stuff is skanky, sinister old blues. Some tunes are traditional, others are originals and they all sound ancient. I mean that in a really good way. It sounds like an old blues 78 RPM that you scavenged from a flea market bargain box. Melchior plays and wails like a motherfucker all the way through. There are also a couple of acoustic tunes to break up the skronk. “Falling Heart,” “The Longest Train,” and “Waiting For My Baby” are all great. This is almost like being there. SEE DAGGER

 
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The Broke Revue, fronted by the insanely fanatic Dan Melchior, ravishes us once again with no-nonsense rock and roll. Melchior's wonderfully grainy voice snarls and coaxes, splattering bits of emotion and reckless abandon across the tight three minute song lengths with no adornment or loose end. Hints of surf and swing in the guitar riffs are demolished by the insistence of the blues patterns in the chord progressions. Melchior covers blues legends Skip James and RL Burnside, but from the first guitar chord the stage is his, and the experience is enthralling and fun.kspc.org